If you’d like to take a cruise but don’t have someone to cruise with you, don’t let that stop you from seeing the world. Cruise lines welcome solo travelers, offering special events and services that will help you meet fellow passengers and be as social as you like. Here are some ways to get the most out of cruising as a single:
Choose a ship with a low – or no – single supplement. The “single supplement” can be an obstacle for those who sail alone: it’s a fee charged by the cruise line to solo cruisers who wish to reserve an entire double-occupancy stateroom. This fee can be as much as 100% of your fare; but, you can find deals for far less than that. Several cruise lines have single supplements of 50% or less; your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert can identify these for you and share insider knowledge of reduced or waived supplements for specific sailings.
Your cruise expert can also help you find ships that have single-occupancy staterooms. For example, Norwegian Cruise Line’s newer ships include “studio cabins” designed for one. These cabins share an exclusive gathering space called the Studio Lounge, where you can relax and socialize with other solo cruisers.
Find a roommate. Sharing a double-occupancy cabin means you won’t have to pay a single supplement; plus, you’ll be paired with another solo traveler, who may prove to be a new friend. Some cruise lines will try to match you with a roommate; or, book your cruise through SinglesCruise.com, which offers a complimentary roommate-matching service and other perks for solo cruisers.
While on board, get involved. Many cruises include a get-acquainted reception just for single cruisers, so you can meet and make connections. You can also meet compatible passengers in onboard workshops and classes, or on shore excursions. Join in some deck games or strike up a conversation around the pool. If there’s someone on board you’d particularly like to meet, make friends with the cruise director and ask for an introduction.
Consider taking a theme cruise. There are dedicated singles cruises, but you might also like a cruise that focuses on something you enjoy, such as music, dance, wine, wellness or cooking. There will be lots of activities centered on that theme, and sharing an interest with everyone on board will provide plenty of easy conversation starters. Let your cruise expert propose some theme cruises that you’ll love!